Coronavirus Updates (COVID-19)

There is a novel type of coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread to over 100 countries. The first case was confirmed in the US in Washington on January 21, 2020. There are over a hundred thousand cases worldwide and thousands of deaths. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governor Evers declared this a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020. County Executive Parisi declared a County Emergency on March 16, 2020.

Please monitor Public Health Madison & Dane County’s website for more information. Follow Public Health Madison & Dane County on Facebook and on Twitter.

Follow Dane County Executive Joe Parisi on Twitter for additional updates.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Social distancing and minimizing travel can have a major impact in delaying the epidemic. Dane County is encouraging people to conduct business with County Departments via phone and email, where possible. Using prevention, we can slow the spread of the disease and protect the most vulnerable.

This website summarizes the status of Dane County operations in this fluid and evolving situation.

  • Update 3/30
    • The Highway Department has closed its office to the public. Staff are available by phone and email. More Info.
  • Update 3/25
    • The Dane County Job Center is closed to the public until further notice. More Information.
  • Update 3/24
    • The clerical staff at the Medical Examiner's Office will be working from home starting on March 25. While the door is locked, staff are in the building. Please ring the bell and someone will let you in the buidling.
    • The Register of Deed's Office is closed to the public, unless an appointment is made. Requests for records can be made online or over the phone. Land records (608-267-1519). Vital records (608-267-8810). Register of Deeds website:
    • The Dane County Clerk's Office is no longer open to the public or accepting in-person appointments. Staff are available to assist with marriage licenses and domestic partnerships by phone (608-266-4121) or email (
  • Update 3/19
    • The Dane County Planning and Development is closed to the public. Staff are working remotely and are able to communicate by phone and email. More Information.
    • Effective 3/20 - The Clerk of Courts' Office will be suspending in-person counter service at the first and second floor counters. More information.
    • The Dane County District Attorney's Office is open, but has suspended in-person reception service and is no longer accepting paper documents in person. More information.
    • Family Court Services is no longer taking in person meetings. Appointments will be scheduled by phone. Fee payments can be made by credit card, check, or money order and left with the Clerk of Courts on the first floor of the Courthouse. File reviews are suspended until further notice. Paperwork may be submitted electronically or by mail. Staff are available by phone and email to answer questions.
    • The Department of Administration has closed its office to the public. Staff are available by phone and email.
  • Update 3/18
    • Public Safety Communications is closed to the public, but internal operations are continuing. Records requests can be submitted on-line and delivered electronically at:
    • The Department of Waste and Renewables is operating the landfill and recycling services on a normal schedule. However, the following changes are in effect: Clean Sweep and the Product Exchange Room are closed to residential customers and household hazardous waste drop offs. At this time, we are continuing to hold and accept appointments for Small Businesses and VSQGs. All transactions for landfill disposal or recycling will need to be made at the self-service kiosk at the scale. No cash transactions or entry into the scale house will be permitted unless authorized by our scale attendant.
    • The Dane County Treasurer's Office has ceased in-person tax collection. The public can pay taxes online at: or by mail.
    • The Dane County Land and Water Resources Department and Dane County Parks Office are closed. Staff are available by phone and email. Many services are available online at: Dane County Parks are open for public use and enjoyment. Facilities within parks, such as restrooms and campgrounds, remain closed. For changes and updates at Dane County Parks in response to COVID-19, please visit or Dane County Parks COVID-19 Updates.
    • The Dane County Clerk is limiting service to the public to 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • The Register of Deed has suspended all staff assisted searches and is limiting in person counter service to 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. More information.
    • The County Board of Supervisors has closed its office to the public and will conduct its meetings electronically. Staff and Supervisors remail available by phone and email. More information.
    •  All Department of Human Services offices are closed to the public until further notice. However, all essential services are offered online or by phone. Please see this page for detailed instructions on how to access services.
    • Dane County Library Service has suspended all mobile and outreach services through April 5. Holds will be extended and we will keep patrons informed on our website:
  • Update 3/17
    • Governor Evers directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more to slow the spread of COVID-19
    • The Office for Equity and Inclusion, the Veterans Service Office, and the Child Support Office have closed their offices to the public. Staff are available to respond to questions through phone and email.
    • The Dane County University of Wisconsin Extension has closed its office to the public. Staff are available to respond to questions through phone and email.
  • Update 3/16
  • Update 3/15 

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